Its nothing new: starting your own business from scratch can be very hard, but starting your own dental clinic is a completely different challenge in itself.
If you’re thinking about starting your own dental clinic after successfully finishing your training (a feat in itself) there are a lot of things to consider before diving right in; here are a few considerations to think about that might help you start the process.
It All Begins With Licensing
To become a dentist, you need to have a license or accreditation in the place that you want to practice dentistry. Licensing requirements are different in each state, but most states want you to have at least completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or Bachelor of Dental Science from Australian, New Zealand, or UK universities. Check out the Australian Dental Board for clarification about licensing requirements in your own state.
If you have graduated from a school out of the country, then you will need to establish residency in the state or territory that you plan to open a clinic in and have an employment visa status.
Specialisation – Whats Your USP?
Your USP, or your unique selling proposition, is the backbone of your success – like with most businesses in todays crowded business environments. Unfortunately, this is the number one thing that businesses do not spend enough time on, given how critical it is.
In terms of dentistry, there is no ‘jack of all trades’ when it comes to specialists – you can’t successfully run a cosmetic dentistry, AND be a successful GP, AND be the wisdom teeth expert (without studying for the better part of your life). Successful dentist businesses choose a niche of dentistry, stick to it, master it, and be the ‘go to’ guy/gal in their city for that area.
Although this advice will rely on the your chosen study path and with the above point regarding licensing, if you have the option to specialise, you may as well specialise in an expensive dental procedure such as root canal therapy, as the dividends will pay off in the long run.